RDG Anime Fans Hijack Reading Hashtag

posted on by Andrew Osmond
Fans of new series RDG Red Data Girl 'hijack' #rdg hashtag used by Berkshire town.

The website reproduces the front cover of the local newspaper Get Reading - published in Reading, Berkshire - with the headline, "RDG Hashtag Hijacked."

News relating to Reading is commonly given the hashtag #rdg on twitter. However, according to the newspaper, "Reading has been the victim of a twitter takeover when fans of a Japanese cartoon overwhelmed the rdg hashtag. On Wednesday between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., fans of the anime character Red Data Girl stormed #rdg with more than 17,000 tweets... Although (the tweets) have dramatically decreased, Red Data Girl's fans seem determined to continue their rule over #rdg, so Reading is now tasked with finding an alternative hashtag." The newspaper has launched a poll to find an alternative hashtag for Reading. (Before the incident, there were usually fewer than a thousand #rdg tweets an hour.)

The first episode of RDG Red Data Girl, animated by P.A. Works, was streamed on Niconico Japan on Wednesday April 3, and broadcast on television the next day. The series is based on Noriko Ogiwara's RDG Red Data Girl modern fantasy novel series, about a girl raised in a shrine who enrolls at a Tokyo high school.

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